BE602: Inventory Management

Certificate Track: Process Improvement

About This Course
Inventory is one of the Lean manufacturing “wastes” — a necessary evil, some might say. Successfully managing and minimizing inventory involves understanding some basic principles, establishing a rhythm, and applying discipline to day-to-day practices. Inventory is an area where problems are easily visible and measurable, and applying continuous improvement principles can result in significant waste reduction.

In this course, students will explore both Lean and traditional inventory management principles and how companies can effectively implement those principles and reduce waste.

What You’ll Learn
Upon completion of this course, students will have gained the knowledge to:

  • Create inventory profiles and measure accuracy;
  • Understand cycle and location counting;
  • Distinguish between prevention and correction;
  • Create an effective bill of materials;
  • Understand the role physical layout plays in effectively managing inventory;
  • Use Kanban and visual management techniques.

The Learning Environment
This interactive course is held in person at PSU’s Center for Executive and Professional Education in downtown Portland and typically combines lecture, discussion, and individual and group activities.

Instructor: Teri Danielson
 Teri Danielson works with clients to design, develop, and implement improvements to plant operations and food safety, launch products, and design custom solutions for a range of manufacturing environments. She has worked for Starbucks Coffee, Quest International, and Bridgeport Brewing. Teri holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University and a Project Management certificate from Portland State University.

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  • In person at the Center for Executive and Professional Education
  • 2 times per year (Fall and Spring)
  • 2 days, 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Cost: $649

Other Elective Courses in this Certificate Track
Enrolling in the full certificate program allows for more comprehensive learning in regard to process improvement.

Courses may be taken individually and in any order unless otherwise noted. Seven courses are required to complete the certificate. If pursuing the certificate, courses must be completed within three years. Visit the program page for a recommended sequence.

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